Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan
July 2009


Piles and piles of styrofoam boxes lay on the ground at Tsukiji Fish Market. Styrofoam is widely used to store the fish sold at this wholesale fish market in Tokyo, the largest of its kind on the world. “Such a waste of styrofoam”, I remember thinking when walking past the area, wondering where all the boxes goes to after use.

I did a quick search online and came across this post about Tsukiji Fish Market that mentions the aerated styrofoam storage bins and the “recycling point” of the styrofoam boxes. I’m not sure whether these boxes get thrown away or get recycled – it seems the writer is unsure as well. [Edits: Thanks Justin for pointing out that the boxes are indeed “heat-treated and recycled”.]


Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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